Pray for Paris

I saw the news this morning about the several deadly attacks in Paris and it really breaks my heart. Let us show compassion to the innocent people who were among the 128 who died.

I have French friends and I can’t imagine the horrow they felt right now. We are all loving people no matter where we live, no matter our religion and beliefs.

Let us not forget that these people include normal people who are struggling in their day to day lives and what happened today is unimaginable.

Find it in your heart to think about the French people tonight and moving forward, let us think not just about France but also those who suffer violence in other countries.

Things that I regret not doing

They say that you are what you are now because of the decisions you made in the past. Am I happy with what I am now? Yes, I am but I have regrets. I did not even realized that it is possible.

I regret not pushing my parents to let me study in a university and instead, I enrolled in a local college where I was forced to take whatever course was still open. I took up teaching which is far from what I really wanted.

I thought I cannot argue with my parents. Their decision is the rule.

Before I graduated in high school, our teachers let us take an assessment to know what you’re really good at and to help you decide on your future careers. I took the test and I excelled in music. My teacher advised me to enroll in a music school in Cebu City but when I told my parents about it, they said that it’s too far and they cannot monitor me.

I did not argue with them. I did not fight for what I really wanted. I gave up my dream. My dream of becoming big crushed because I let them.

My advice to my readers is to always follow your dreams. Never let anyone crush it. I’m not saying that you need to disobey. I’m telling you to stand up for it and show them that they are not wrong in letting you follow it.

Don’t bank on could-have-beens.

High and Low: The Rise and the Possible Fall of Vice Ganda

Who is Vice Ganda? How did he rise to fame? Is his downfall even possible?

Jose Marie Borja Viceral (Vice Ganda) is a Filipino actor, talk show host, recording artist, and endorser. He was born on March 31, 1976. He studied Political Science in FEU and he was the only man in the history of UAAP who was the Finals MVP in women’s division in 2003. When his father (a barangay captain) was murdered when he was young, his mother worked abroad as a caregiver to sustain the family.

Photo by Wikipedia. User 001Jrm

Vice Ganda started his career as a standup comedian in Punchline and The Library. His brand of humor includes situational irony, insult comedy, and sarcasm. He’s also starred in various teleseryes like Kokey, Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik, and Ligaw Na Bulaklak. He amassed a large number of fans including me.

I first saw him in Wowowee. He was one of the contestants in the Wheel of Fortune segment, playing against Ate Glo. I saw how he made fun of one of the audience, a Canadian. He is witty and he seems to know how to turn every situation into something funny.

I thought it was a harmless joke. I thought, hey, that’s his job; his way of living.

After that appearance, I haven’t heard or seen him on television. I don’t watch a lot of television shows, mind you but I watch the news and I saw a clip of Vice Ganda performing in one of his sold-out concerts. From that day on, it’s almost impossible to miss Vice Ganda. He’s become a household name.

In 2009, he became one of the guest judges in top noontime show It’s Showtime. As a guest he was bound to be replaced after a week but he accumulated a lot of fans that they rallied to have him as a show regular. He was then called as the Unkabogable (unbeatable) Vice Ganda.

After being a regular host in It’s Showtime, he landed the primary role in Petrang Kabayo followed by the The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin, the highest-grossing film in the Philippines. You can’t deny his success. He labored for it. He has become so famous that even kids know who he is. Everyone wants to know Vice Ganda, they want to be as successful as him. They want to be like him so bad that they copied including his expressions.

There’s this expression in Philippines that goes like this:

M: Pagbilhan nga po nang suka.

T: Suka po?

M: Ay hindi, hindi. Kape, pabili nang kape.

This is so Vice Ganda. I first saw it in Petrang Kabayo. The scene in that movie was like this:

V: Pagtimpla mo nga ako nang kape.

S: Black coffee po?

V: Hindi. Blue. Blue coffee, kaya mo?

And another one,

V: Ipasok mo nga yung mga papeles ko.

S: Saan ko po ipapasok, sir? Dito sa loob?

V: Hindi, sa labas. Ipasok nga di ba? Pwede bang ipasok sa labas? Sige nga, subukan mong ipasok ngayon sa labas.

It sounded funny then but you can’t talk to people nowadays without these lines. Kids do it most of the time. It has become annoying.

Aside from these stupid expressions, I also believe that Vice Ganda’s fame get to his head. Remember that time when It’s Showtime WAS the top noontime show? I saw a clip from the segment of It’s Showtime called May Nagtext… He pretends to read a message from the rival noontime show saying that the rival show is in awe of It’s Showtime’s popularity and that they are amazed of their constant high ratings.

Mahal kong Showtime. Lahat na lang napauso nyo na, tuloy wala na sa aming natira. Bow ako sa inyong husay, wala sa inyong papantay. Nagmamahal, this is EAT.”

At the end of the message, he said the following famous words that is now being used against him.

“Kaloka! Sabihin nyo na ang lahat nang sasabihin nyo sakin sa dyaryo, hindi nyo ako mapapahinto.”

To those who doesn’t have the idea of what he was talking about, the message supposedly came from the rival noontime show Eat Bulaga. One of the hosts in Eat Bulaga is Joey de Leon, a columnist, known for his poetic satire. That episode was directed to Joey and Eat Bulaga.

It is only understandable for show hosts to release negative comments about their rivals. I believe at some point, Eat Bulaga may have released a few negative comments towards It’s Showtime. I would have understood Vice Ganda’s stance if he stand up to it. It is only normal in the showbiz world.

But what happened after the phenomenal success of AlDub (under Eat Bulaga) showed what a hypocrite Vice Ganda is. On July 16, 2015,  the accidental pairing of Alden Richards and Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza) made a great success not only in the Philippines but all over the world. It’s the talk of the social media world. Fans went wild. The Twitter world was flocked by AlDub fans called the AlDub Nation. The show gets at least a million tweets everyday. The October 24 show has beaten the world record of the most number of tweets within 24 hours. The #ALDubEBTamangPanahon gathered 41 million tweets breaking the current record of #WorldCup. The tickets were sold out after 2-3 days. The world’s largest indoor arena was flocked by 55,000 AlDub fans. International artists like Bryan White, Dawin, and Barbie Xu was curious about AlDub. Advertisers rushed to get a contract with the pair. Magazines featuring them gets sold out hours after the release. Sales doubled on the products these two endorsed. You can say that AlDub at this point is unstoppable or should  I say, unkabogable. AlDub fans united to break whatever is on AlDub’s path to fame.

It’s Showtime released a similar segment featuring Pastillas Girl (Angelica Yap). The segment aimed to find Mr. Right for her. But in my opinion, the segment’s main aim was to compete with AlDub. Guess what, they failed. They ended the segment and Vice Ganda released a statement.

Kasi naman po ilalagay nyo po kami sa noontime, hindi naman po namin kayang talunin ang Eat Bulaga. Kahit pagsamasamahin namin ang powers namin at magtitiwarik ako dito, hindi namin kayang talunin ang Eat Bulaga. Sabi nang boss namin “Sino ba nagsabing tatalunin nyo ang Eat Bulaga? Hindi naman namin kayo ilalagay sa noontime para talunin ang Eat Bulaga.”

I’m not an idiot and I don’t have Alzheimer’s either. It’s a ploy. A strategy to win back people’s sympathy. Vice is still in the show and he’s still as famous as he was but no one will ever forget this. Filipinos forgive but they never forget.

His downfall? Well, maybe it’s on its way. AlDub continues to win people’s heart and Showtime has another segment featuring housemates from Pinoy Big Brother house. I will not hesitate in saying that it is a copy of AlDub’s Kalyeserye. It is even titled Tomiho Realiserye (like, really?). The split screen romance is a copy and the TVJ-like attendance of Vice Ganda and other hosts is a copy. I can’t say for certain if this segment will last but I am certain that AlDub fans will not let copycats steal the fame.


In one of Vice Ganda’s interview a few months after his fame, he said:

“As they say,” he said, “kapag ukol talagang bubukol. You just have to wait for the right time. I waited for so long, but I’m glad that I didn’t give up.”

Well, Vice Ganda, maybe now is the right time for AlDub. Maybe yours has passed. Maybe it’s not the right time for Tomiho. Maybe you can apply what you said. Maybe you just have to wait for the right time.

Trying to answer existential questions

I’ve read posts about unanswered existential questions and today, I will try to answer it based on my beliefs. Please note that there is no wrong answers to these questions. It only depends on how you perceive life and everything around you.

Below are the top existential questions that I will try to answer today.

  1. Are we alone in this universe?


No. There are more than a 100 billion galaxies in our universe and more than a hundred billion planets in every galaxy so it is kind of conceited for us to think that we are alone here. In our galaxy we have made soft landings on several planets yet we have not scoured every corner of it.

I believe that there are habitable planets out there. Maybe their habitants are also asking the same questions. Maybe they have the same technological advancements as the people on Earth and still trying to find ways to find other living planets. Or, they could be way more advanced than us and knew about us but they just don’t want to contact us because they know what we are capable of.

2. At what point does death occur?


There are two stages of death. First, when your physical body releases its last breath and you are buried. The second and the final stage of death is when your name is said for the last time. You are never really dead until the people around you give up their memories about you. At that point, death occurs.

3. What happens after death? 


We hate the idea of death so much that we created scenarios of what will happen when we die based on our own preferences. We created heaven and hell to justify our frustrations on not being immortal.

A friend explained to me before her beliefs of what happens after death and this is also what I believe now. The belief states that our body are just vessels and it is being maneuvered by our mind (consciousness). Once the vessel deteriorates and rot, the mind travels to another lifetime to look for another vessel. They take on vessels in different forms. Your mom in this lifetime could take the vessel of a teacher in the next. Your best friend in this lifetime could take the vessel of a homeless person in the next. This is the reason why sometimes you feel attached to a person even when you just met them.

(brain explosion sound)

This post used more brain juice than I expected. Below are some more existential questions. You can try answering the above and following questions through comments or you can ask me to answer some of yours.

  1. What is my greater purpose?
  2. Who am I?
  3. Is there a God, and, if so, what is his nature?
  4. What is the meaning of life?

***Credits due to the owner of the photos.***


They said that if you associate a name to a thing, you will get attach to it. Well, that’s what happened to me with my friend’s dog.

This is the story.

October 2013, one of our housemates brought us a cute, little Chorkie.

At first, I was like “Awwww!” but when the excitement passed, I forget about the puppy and went on with my undisturbed life.

December 2015, my friend went for a one month vacation to the Philippines. From that day until now, Chloe stays in our room and never left our side.

Chloe in our bed.IMG_0135


We even caught the first and last time she “talked” (hehe).

And the time when we made fun of her when she was so sleepy.

Everyday, we rush home just to be with her. 

When we went to Thailand last August 2015, my partner cried when we left her in our friend’s house. When we came back a week later, she’s already pregnant. Two months later, she gave birth to two beautiful, male puppies.


The second puppy died a day after because he’s too small and he wasn’t able to feed. We buried him in front of the liquor store because there is a small area where you can dig.

We named the only living pup Calvin.

One week old.
One week old.
Two weeks old.
Two weeks old.
Three weeks old.
Three weeks old.

Today, Calvin had his first solid food.

And another time with his mommy.

I will continue posting about new updates as Calvin grows.

Bansa Ko, Kinatatakutan Ko: The Laglag Bala Scheme

“There are far too many silent sufferers. Not because they don’t yearn to reach out, but because they’ve tried and found no one who cares.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

Are we idiots? Are we going to allow these pigs to continue harassing us?

As of October 2015, there are 514 cases of “laglag bala” incidents in Ninoy Aquino International Airport. There are 365 days in a year, which means that at least 2 people fall victim of this shenanigan.

How likely are we to fall prey? And who are the likely prey?

According to Wikipedia, as of 2014, NAIA handles 34 million passengers yearly. That’s more than 90,000 passengers daily. By God! That’s 90,000 unsuspecting victims converged in one place where vultures await nearby ready for the kill.


The usual target are passengers with connecting flights to domestic or international areas. Possible targets are OFW, frequent flyers, professionals, etc. These criminals are so good in spotting potential victims; passengers who can spare a few thousand bills to avoid the hassle.

Who are involved? How do they execute this inside a place where CCTVs are installed in almost every corner?

In my opinion, and this is a very known one, these scammers are also employees of the airport. Perhaps, they’ve been employed long enough to familiarize the position of the CCTVs and long enough to familiarize the laglag bala trade.

According to one whistleblower, this modus operandi has been going on for 20 years. This is not a small time trade, you guys. There is a system going on here and there are people assigned to a certain job.


There are the spotters. Spotters check and observe the incoming and outgoing passengers. They may be positioned at the entrance. They spot well-to-do passengers, passengers who are in a rush, and most of all, passengers who are not familiar with the do’s and don’ts when in an airport. Once a victim is spotted, the spotter sends a signal to the person who can have direct contact with your baggages. This is for passengers traveling in groups like, families on vacation.

The next guy is most likely the porter. The porter gets a chance to touch your baggages and if the stars aligned for him, that’s when miracles happen. When your baggages reached the screener, viola, a bullet appears out of thin air.

If you don’t require a porter, don’t fret. A special enforcer is waiting for you somewhere, waiting, observing until he gets the chance to plant the surprise bullet.

Once tagged, you are given two options: be apprehended or hand over bribe money. Easy choice!

What actions have been enforced by the NAIA authority?

Sadly, airport officials denied that their security officials are involved. Hmmm! A memorandum has been posted by the UN to “exercise extra precaution when transiting to NAIA” and to look into the matter because not only Filipinos are targeted but foreigners as well.

DFA released a statement ensuring passengers that relevant authorities are already working into the matter.

What can you do to prevent this from happening to you?

  • Don’t trust anyone at the airport.
  • Don’t trust the guy who offered to help you with your bags.
  • Keep your bags sealed. Spare at least Php160 for each bag as an added protection with Protectabag. I heard they have that service in NAIA.
  • Travel light. Carry one bag as your hand carry luggage.
  • Be observant! Do not give the scammers the chance.

I’m just waiting for the world to tag NAIA not only as one of the worst airports in the world but also as one of the most feared.

I’ll leave you something to mull over.

The spotters and porters are the sheep. Who is the shepherd?

***Credits due to the owner of the photos.***


*heavy breathing*


So, last night, the AlDub Nation went berserk. Why? Because Anonymous Philippines hacked Maine Mendoza’s personal Twitter account. Aside from her account, they also hacked other AlDub related accounts especially those with large number of followers. Once detected, it seemed like someone blew a horn and everyone went crazy including me. I was worried about Maine. I was worried about what the hackers will see in her DMs. Then someone tweeted that they also cannot view her Facebook profile. Then, everything went dark for me. I THINK I WENT MAD.

OK so, let’s go back to Anonymous Philippines. Who are these people anyway? Honestly, I don’t know much about them. I’ve seen some posts about them, though. As far as I know, they recently hacked NTC’s website and some other government websites in the past. Basta magaling silang manghack! Now, according to their Facebook account, they did the hacking to promote the MMM2K15 or Million Mask March Philippines and to “wake people up” from their deep “repose”. Haha, natawa ako dun!

Don’t get me wrong! I’m not mocking AnonPH. Have you guys seen V for Vendetta? If yes, then I think you will agree if I say that “some” of AnonPH’s members are probably pretty cool. You gotta see them wear that mask in groups. Cool as heck!

Ahem! Sorry.

 Anyway, what I don’t understand is that they targeted a personal account. Maine has been using that account since 2009 and I’m pretty sure there are lots of private messages in there. Ang masama pa, after hacking the account and giving it back to her, they mocked AlDub nation in their Facebook account. Really? Not cool.

I support AnonPH’s advocacy and the members (but only those who are loyal to the advocacy). Hindi yung mga sumali lang para tawaging “cool”. I support them truly but this time, no. It was a wrong, desperate move. Actually, para ngang hindi desperation yung cause why they hacked Maine’s account e. It seemed to me like parang yung isang member nang AnonPH may girlfriend na idol si Maine then nirequest ni girlfriend na ihack yung account ni Maine kasi curios sya at ipafollow na rin si Maine sa account nya. Hindi na nya carry yung thrill. Parang ganun yung nangyari e. Haha, gawa-gawa ko lang yan ha.

So…sana maibalik na yung accounts ni Maine and tama na. Or, mas maganda if Maine will just create a new account tapos iunfollow natin yung previous accounts nya para kawawa yung gumagamit. Haha! Kasi AnonPH posted that they have no relation with the IG and Facebook hacker daw e.


As of this writing, Maine’s Twitter account is back but her IG, Facebook, and email account are still being used by the hackers.